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Getting Married in Turkey

Firstly, you will need to give notice of your intended marriage at your nearest consulate.

Required Documents:

Certificate of no impediment from the local registrar of marriages. In Turkey you are required to prove that you are single or that you are allowed to marry. *(Note this does not apply to all nationalities)
Birth certificate and passport
A divorce or death certificate of previous spouse if married before

Affidavit/Affirmation * (British nationals)

Please note that for British nationals the marriage procedure has changed.

From 1st March 2014 Turkish marriage offices will accept an affidavit/affirmation sworn before a UK public notary or British Embassy/Consulate in Turkey depending on your residency status.There is no longer a requirement for British nationals marrying in Turkey to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) in the UK or a Turkish version.

If you are resident in the UK you need to complete the bilingual Affidavit/Affirmation form and have your oath/affirmation administered by a local public notary in the UK and legalised by foreign commonwealth office legalised department before travelling to Turkey. Then you will submit this document to local marriage office in the town where you are going to get married.

If you are a British citizen residing in Turkey, you need to complete the bilingual Affidavit/Affirmation form. You can then book an appointment at the British Embassy Ankara or consulates in Istanbul, Izmir or Antalya for administering your oath/affirmation. Your documents must be legalised by the Turkish Authorities either by the ministry of Foreign affairs in Ankara or the governor in Istanbul, Izmir or Antalya. Once this document is legalised you will submit it to the local marriage office in the town where you are going to get married

Procedure:

Application to the relevant consulate in Turkey to initiate the formalities.
The Affidavit/Affirmation* or certificate of no impediment and certificate of identity and nationality obtained from the relevant consulate to be authenticated by the local Governor office in Turkey
Application in person to the local marriage office to give notice of marriage, submit the certificates, complete necessary forms and fix a date for the marriage ceremony
The marriage ceremony (if the marrying parties do not speak Turkish, they are advised to arrange for an interpreter to be present during the ceremony)

In order to have the marriage registered in your country you must inform your relevant consulate.

Notes: Foreign nationals in Turkey can also get married in their respective consulates if it is possible under their national law. However, if one of the parties is a Turkish citizen, marriage can only be performed by the Turkish authorities.


FOR FULL INFORMATION PLEASE SEE » GOV.UK - Marriage Procedures for British Nationals in Turkey

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The ceremony for a wedding in Turkey is performed by the registrar in Turkish. However you can elect to use a translator for your ceremony.

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To register a marriage between a foreign national and a Turkish citizen.

Required Documents:

Affidavit/Affirmation
Birth certificate and passport
A divorce or death certificate of previous spouse if married before

Please note that for British nationals the marriage procedure has changed.

From 1st March 2014 Turkish marriage offices will accept an affidavit/affirmation sworn before a UK public notary or British Embassy/Consulate in Turkey depending on your residency status.

If you are resident in the UK you need to complete the bilingual Affidavit/Affirmation form and have your oath/affirmation administered by a local public notary in the UK and legalised by foreign commonwealth office legalised department before travelling to Turkey. Then you will submit this document to local marriage office in the town where you are going to get married.

If you are a British citizen residing in Turkey, you need to complete the bilingual Affidavit/Affirmation form. You can then book an appointment at the British Embassy Ankara or consulates in Istanbul, Izmir or Antalya for administering your oath/affirmation. Your documents must be legalised by the Turkish Authorities either by the ministry of Foreign affairs in Ankara or the governor in Istanbul, Izmir or Antalya. Once this document is legalised you will submit it to the local marriage office in the town where you are going to get married

Your Turkish partner will require their kimlik ID card. Also, only if they have been married before, a certificate of no impediment.

If you are a foreign national and you wish to marry a Turkish citizen in Turkey, firstly you need to submit your application of your intended marriage to the British consulate in Turkey to initiate the formalities. You will need to book an appointment at the consulate to give notice of your marriage.

Procedure:

The Affidavit/Affirmation approved by the relevant consulate in Turkey.
Application in person to the local marriage office together with the Turkish national to give notice of marriage, submit the certificates, complete necessary forms and fix a date for the marriage ceremony
Other formalities to be pursued by Turkish fiancée concurrently
Marriage ceremony

If you wish to have the marriage registered in the country of foreign national, you will need to inform your consulate.


Getting married in Turkey and what you need to know

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Firstly you will need a ‘Formula B’ document from the local ‘nüfus müdürlüğü’ (register office)

Then visit your local native consulate, they will inform you if you need to get your certificate legalized in Turkey and translated into English.

You can also register your marriage in your native country.

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Turkish citizenship in not automatically acquired by marriage to a Turkish citizen. You have to have been married to a Turkish citizen for at least three years.

Applying for Turkish citizenship

• You must be living within the unity of marriage,
• abstaining from acts incompatible with the unity of marriage,
• having no quality constituting an obstacle in respect of national security and public order.
• You need to have a good grasp of the Turkish language, you will be interviewed to test this

In case of divorce the marriage, foreigners who acquired Turkish citizenship by marriage shall keep Turkish citizenship provided they had entered into marriage in good faith.


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If a marriage between a Turkish and a British national was performed in the UK and then registered in Turkey or if a marriage between a Turkish and a British national was performed and registered in Turkey, regardless of divorce degree that may be obtained in the UK, a suit of divorce should be filed in Turkey as well. The following steps should be taken by the foreign national:

A solicitor in the UK will give Power of Attorney to an appointed solicitor in Turkey. The Power of Attorney should be apostilled by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Upon receipt of this Power of Attorney the appointed solicitor in Turkey will commence with divorce proceedings.

You may also contact the British Consulates in Turkey



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Turkish law requires a person(s) to be the age of 18 before they can legally marry. However, under special circumstances men and women below the age of 18 years can get married with the permission of their parents, legal guardians or the relevant court.

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Q- What happens when the document is not legalised by FCO Legalisation Department?

A- This will not be accepted by local authorities for marriage in Turkey. British Consulates cannot legalise documents issued in the UK.

Q- What will be the validity period of Affidavit/Affirmation sworn and legalised in the UK?

A- 180 days (this is the standard period of validity in Turkey)

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Yes, in exceptional circumstances

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Yes.

Which consulates will be able to administer an Affidavit/Affirmation?

A- Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir and Antalya only

Q- What supporting documents (ie. full birth certificate, decree absolute, death certificate, name change deed poll, etc) are required from applicants?

A- They will need to see the original supporting documents as well as passports and/or ID cards.

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